Introduction Psalms and Proverbs are two books that can be found amongst the writings in the Old Testament that are filled with wisdom and praise. These two books consist of poetry wrote during the time of the United Monarchy. The books both have several authors but the main author of Psalms is David and the main author of Proverbs is Solomon. Psalms and Proverbs are different than the other books in the Old Testament because they are books filled with the people praising and crying out to God. The purpose of this paper is to look at these two great works and compare and contrast their differences and similarities.
The Book of Psalms The books of Psalms is the largest book in the Bible consisting of 150 different Psalms. It is also one of the most diverse books in the Bible being that it deals with topics that were present during the time of the United Monarchy. This collections of psalms deals with emotions such as praise, prayer, thanksgiving, sorrow, and cries for help. Some of the Psalms also deal with creation theology while others discuss the messianic promise. One of the most common themes amongst the Psalms is praise. “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of…show more content… Upon closer inspection the main difference between these books is the audience that the books are intended towards. The book of Psalms is wrote to God. It is the deepest desires of the authors heart and they are speaking it straight to God. Psalm 61:2, “from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Whereas the book of Proverbs is wisdom to the people from God. Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.” Both of these books teach us how to live our lives in God. They also give us a personal insight into the hearts of Solomon and David during the time of United